Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association explains in this
video about the new additional alternative version to the Scout Promise
In a bid to welcome atheists and humanists into the movement, The Scout
Association (TSA) is launching an alternative version of the Scout
Promise. For the first time in its 106-year history and following an
extensive 10-month consultation policy, this new promise option will
accommodate those who previously felt they could not commit to the core
Alternative versions of the Scout Promise have been available for nearly
50 years and have been used by Muslim, Hindus, Buddhists and those that
live in the UK but are not UK citizens, but the Scout Association are
keen to stress that the core Scout Promise, that refers to ‘Duty of
God’, remains intact.
The move has been welcomed by faith leaders and the British Humanist
Association, demonstrating inclusiveness of the Scout Movement to all
sections of society.
With faith and religion still a core element of its programme, the
alternative version will be available to be used by Scout Groups from
the 1st January 2014.
This decision follows a consultation process of members and non-members
who voiced their support for the introduction of an additional
alternative to the Scout Promise that humanists and those without faith
For nearly 50 years alternative versions of the words “Duty to God” have
existed for faith groups such as Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists but this
is the first time that the Movement has introduced a Promise for members
and potential members who are without faith.
The core Scout Promise remains in place and Scouting remains fully
committed as a Movement that explores faith and religion as a core
element of its programme.
The introduction of the additional alternative to the Scout Promise
enables the Movement to engage with more young people and adults than
ever before as well as increase inclusivity at a time when membership
for the Movement is at the largest it has been since 1999.
In the video Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner of The Scout
Association explains about the new additional alternative version to the
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